Derick Bird is undertaking research into mental health service delivery for LGBT service users. Derick is an older gay man himself and is studying at the Research Department of Mental Health Sciences at University College London.

If you are interested in the issue, you can help Derick’s research by completing an online survey, which can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VN7GQYY

Derick has written the following information about his research project:

I am currently undertaking research into LGBT Ageing and Mental Health at the Research Department of Mental Health Sciences at University College London – would any of you who are aged 60 years or over be interested in completing an online survey?

This area of research remains largely unexplored in social policy and across health and social care provision. In consequence older members of the gay and lesbian communities are often invisible in political, policy and advocacy on ageing and old age.

By completing this research survey will be a contribution to a greater understanding of mental health service delivery for LGBT service users. In addition it will answer the research question whether those LGBT service users who are comfortable and confident with their sexual orientation receive better mental health delivery of service; whilst those LGBT people who are ‘hidden’ and ‘invisible’ continue to receive a prejudicial mental health delivery of service.

Responses to this on-line survey are completely anonymous as there is no requirement to disclose any personal details which can identify anyone.

This study has been approved by the University College London Research Ethics Committee [Project ID Number :  1422/001]

Should there be questions or concerns about this research please contact the principle researcher, Derick Bird, at: Research Dept of Mental Health Sciences, University College London, Charles Bell House, 67 – 73 Riding House Street, London  W1W 7EJ. Telephone : 020 7679 9166. Email : pinkandgreysurvey@googlemail.com

You may also contact the faculty member supervising this dissertation : Dr Juanita Hoe (Senior Clinical Research Associate), Research Dept of Mental Health Sciences University College London, Charles Bell House, 67 – 73 Riding House Street, London W1W 7EJ. Telephone : 020 7679 9166 Email : j.hoe@ucl.ac.uk

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